You can add one more satellite to the dozens working for us right now, and this one has big impacts for severe weather forecasting.

In less than two weeks, GOES-R will be launched into space helping us on Earth to stay safe from severe weather and keep us aware of any power grid issues from solar flares.

Part of the satellite is being developed at Lockheed Martin’s Research Lab in Palo Alto. Scientsists have been working for 10 years on the Geostationary Lightning Mapper; basically a large digital camera in space looking for cloud-to-cloud lightning which is a precursor to severe weather.

Another piece being worked on is the Solar Ultra-Violet Imager. This will monitor solar flares which can have huge impacts on Earth with power grids.

This, researchers hope, will help everyone on Earth stay just a bit safer.